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Inaugural AAVN Equine Nutrition Blog Writing Competition

For the first time, the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN) is hosting an equine nutrition
blog writing competition! The AAVN Equine Nutrition Blog Writing Competition is sponsored by
Buckeye® Nutrition.

The AAVN Equine Nutrition Blog Writing Competition is open to:
· Students currently training in doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) programs, registered
veterinary technician (RVT) programs, or animal science programs
· Veterinary interns currently practicing at an academic institution or private practice
· Graduate students (Masters and PhD) pursuing an advanced degree in veterinary nutrition or
animal nutrition
This competition is not open to nutrition residents training to become board-certified in either the
American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN) or the European College of Veterinary and Comparative
Nutrition (ECVCN). Nutrition residents are eligible to participate in the AAVN Case Report Competition.

The 1st place winner will receive a $500 USD travel award to the 17th Annual AAVN Research Symposium
on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland and their nutrition blog will be featured in
the AAVN e-newsletter. The winner will also receive a framed certificate that will be presented at the
The 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive framed certificates at the symposium and their blogs will also
be featured in the AAVN e-newsletter.
Reviewer comments and feedback will be returned to all participants.

Blog Format:
The blog must be prepared as a Microsoft Word document with 11 pt. Calibri font, letter-sized pages,
1.5 spacing with 1 inch margins all around. The blog should be limited to 750-1000 words.
Headline: Create an appropriate headline for your blog. Make it interesting!
Blog Content: No matter what equine nutrition topic you decide to write about, your audience will be
the general public, specifically horse owners, not veterinarians or animal nutritionists. This means you
need to use lay language and avoid scientific jargon and acronyms.
Organization/Structure: There needs to be a structure or flow to your blog in order for the reader to
follow the points you are making.
· Introduction: The introduction to the blog should capture the reader’s attention. This can be
achieved with an interesting fact or anecdote. You will also need to get the purpose of the blog
across in the introduction (often addresses who, what, when, why, where, and how).
Inaugural AAVN Equine Nutrition Blog Writing Competition
· Body: The body of the blog will provide some background on the nutrition topic or issue you
have chosen the write about (e.g. Should horses receive grains? Should I spend money on hay
analysis?). You will also need to provide evidence to support what you are telling the readers in
an easy to understand way. If you introduce an anecdote in the introduction, try to carry that
anecdote throughout the blog. The body of the blog also allows for creativity! You can add
quotes and photos to support your arguments.
· IMPORTANT: You must own the rights to any of the photos you provide (or have permission
from the owner of the photos) and you must have written permission from the owners,
veterinarians, breeders, etc. involved in any cases you plan to provide details of.
· Conclusion: The conclusion should summarize your argument in one sentence and provide an
ending to any anecdotes you started earlier in the blog. It can also include additional links to
content the reader may want to read if they enjoyed reading your blog.
References: You should hyperlink directly to relevant information throughout the blog’s text. For
example, you could provide a hyperlink to a reputable website or to a journal article abstract on
PubMed. To add a hyperlink in Microsoft Word, simply highlight the word(s) you want to link and right
click. Then select “hyperlink” from the menu that appears. Once you have the hyperlinking box open,
select “link to existing file or webpage” and then you can then enter the address for the webpage you
wish to link to.

Tips for Blogging:
· Science Blogging 101
· 12 Tips for Scientists Writing for the General Public
Nutrition Blog Examples from AAVN Members:
· Petfoodology
· Weeth Nutrition
· Dr. Andy Roark

Blog Submission:
Blogs should be submitted via email to Dr. Jackie Parr, AAVN Secretary at
with the subject line “AAVN Equine Nutrition Blog Writing Competition” by 5:00 pm EST on Friday,
March 31, 2017. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your entry.

Blog Grading:
Reviewers selected from the AAVN membership will review all submitted blogs and assign a score using
a standardized rubric to assess: content, organization, spelling/grammar, creativity, and use of
hyperlinks. All participants will be notified by email of the results.
Thank you to Buckeye® Nutrition for your continued sponsorship of the AAVN